Natural gas users may see MDU refund

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Natural gas users might soon see a refund on their Montana-Dakota Utilities bill.

In July of 2017, MDU requested a rate increase of 5.9 percent. A settlement is moving forward for a reduced rate increase of 2.3 percent.

People have already been paying an interim rate for natural gas. For the average customer, that was an extra $1.82 a month. The settled rate increase should only be a $1.27.

"Whatever we over-collected would be returned to the customer, and that would more than likely be done through a bill credit once that final decision is made," said Mark Hanson, MDU spokesman.

The public service commission has now opened a comment period on the settlement. Interested parties have until Sept. 11 to request a public input hearing on the settlement.